On a practical level, Saturday’s slate of games in the Pac-12 conference acted as semifinals for the Pac-12 Championship game. With the USC Trojans going up against the UCLA Bruins, and the Utah Utes taking on the Oregon Ducks, it was pretty clear going into the day the two winners would be in the driver’s seat to get to Las Vegas.
Both USC and Oregon won. So does that mean that they are automatically in and going to meet each other in early December for the first time this season? Not exactly.
The Trojans are in, since they have no more conference games left, but the Ducks are still a win away from locking up the nod. Here is an updated look at everything that could happen in the final week of the regular season, and who could still get into the title game:
USC Trojans are in
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The Trojans sealed the deal on Saturday night with a thrilling 48-45 win over UCLA in Los Angeles. USC isn’t guaranteed the No. 1 spot in the conference and the designation as the home team in the neutral site championship, but it has clinched a spot in Las Vegas, nonetheless.
Oregon Ducks are in if...
The Ducks clinch a spot in the Pac-12 title game if they beat Oregon State in Corvallis. That game will be played at 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC. If the Ducks lose that game, they can still get into the title game if Washington State beats Washington. The Apple Cup will not kick off until 7:30 p.m. PT on Saturday on ESPN.
Washington Huskies are in if...
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The Huskies have a lot that needs to happen before they can get into the title game, but it’s not impossible. Washington needs to take care of business and beat Washington State. If that happens, it needs Oregon State to beat Oregon and Cal beat UCLA.
Should Cal not beat UCLA, the Huskies can also get in if UCLA wins, and Colorado beats Utah.
In any scenario, Washington will know before it kicks off if it still has hope.
Utah Utes get in if...
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Utah’s loss to Oregon virtually put them on the outside looking in for the title game. A lot needs to happen for them to get a nod to Las Vegas.
Here we go. Utah needs to beat Colorado. Washington needs to beat Washington State. Oregon State needs to beat Oregon, and UCLA needs to beat Cal. Those outcomes create a three-way tie among the Ducks, Huskies and Utes. This would give Utah the highest-combined win percentage in conference games among conference opponents between the three.
What you're rooting for as an Oregon fan
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Just win, baby.
If Oregon can beat the Beavers, then it gets a highly anticipated matchup with the Trojans. Should that not happen, Duck fans become the biggest Washington State fans in the world, hoping it can beat the Huskies. That shouldn’t be hard to root for.